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05.16.2021

College’s ‘defining moment’ launches grads into waiting workforce

05.13.2021

President announces retirement, launches Legacy Campaign

05.11.2021

Student to cap family tradition at Penn College commencement

05.04.2021

Penn College student ‘plays’ chess for senior project

04.29.2021

College part of pioneering $1.8 million scholarship initiative

05.18.2021

Student awards presented to Penn College graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently honored its Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates with student achievement awards.

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Alumni Students
05.17.2021

NCAA regional starts Friday for Wildcat softball team

Wildcat softball players and coaches, joined in the front rows of the ACC Auditorium by their beloved mascot, await the announcement by sportcaster Will Haskett ...
Wildcat softball players and coaches, joined in the front rows of the ACC Auditorium by their beloved mascot, await the announcement by sportcaster Will Haskett …
... and react excitedly when Penn College is added to the regional bracket and game footage is shown.
… and react excitedly when Penn College is added to the regional bracket and game footage is shown.

After winning the North East Athletic Conference title on Saturday and improving to 19-3, the Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team moves on to regional action against top-ranked host Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at 10 a.m. Friday when, as the No. 6 seed, they will face Virginia Wesleyan (37-5-1).

“We are beyond excited and very grateful for this experience!” coach Angie Hunley said after Monday afternoon’s selection show. “This team is making history and blazing a trail!”

She joined her squad and well-wishers in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium to watch the announcement live. This is Penn College’s first trip to the NCAA tournament.

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Sports
05.17.2021

College, Alexander Family Dealerships collaborate on digital sign

The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.
The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.

In partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships has made a significant donation to erect color digital signage along Interstate 180 near the college.

The double-sided, 14-by-48-foot sign – which stands 70 feet high – replaces an existing college-owned sign that is no longer in operation.

Penn College will use the sign to promote academic programs, as well as a range of activities and events, Wildcat Athletics and college-related initiatives.

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05.17.2021

Collaborative effort returns ‘Shad Run’ sculpture to public display

Restored by Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty and students in a cocurricular alliance, then relocated and rededicated Thursday evening, a piece of public art that enshrines a significant West Branch Susquehanna River phenomenon now graces Pine Square Alley.

The stainless steel “Shad Run” sculpture was created by Seattle artist Joseph McDonnell and unveiled by Public ARTWORKS in 2005, intended as a welcoming landmark at Third and Market streets. When the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and Little League International decided in 2014 to commission “Bases Loaded,” a baseball diamond in Market Square, complete with bronze “players” frozen in midgame – including a stray fielder along the Penn College entranceway – the artwork was put into storage at the River Valley Transit bus garage.

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05.17.2021

Public office hours on summer schedule at Penn College

Summer office hours – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays for the public – are in effect at Penn College.

To better serve current and potential students, the Student & Administrative Services Center Information Desk, Admissions, College Transitions & First Year Initiatives, and Financial Aid will remain open to visitors until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Beginning June 25, the Bursar’s Office will also be open Friday afternoons to address student billing questions.

The college will return to regular operating hours on Monday, Aug. 9, when faculty/staff prepare to greet new and returning students for the Fall 2021 semester.

Announcements Students
05.16.2021

College’s ‘defining moment’ launches grads into waiting workforce

Punctuating the ultimate celebration of student achievement, Pennsylvania College of Technology held a dizzying dozen commencement exercises from May 14-16 to provide a memorable occasion for students and their families while adhering to federal and state guidelines. The proceedings – four on Friday, five on Saturday and three on Sunday – simultaneously honored Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates and featured speeches by a rotating trio of class representatives: Joseph M. Morrin, of Morrisville, graphic design; Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, software development and information management; and Olivia C. Ferki, Richboro, plastics and polymer engineering technology. (Each of the three spoke at his or her major’s assigned ceremony; recorded versions of their remarks were rotated among the other nine.)

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Alumni College Relations Events Faculty & Staff President Students
05.16.2021

NCAA regionals next for Penn College softball team

Roar, Wildcats, roar!Preparation and composure.

Those two things are the keys in a season that – for the first time – propelled the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team to the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship and into the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional tournament.

After winning the conference title on Saturday and improving to 19-3, the Wildcats will learn who their next opponent will be during the NCAA selection show at NCAA.com at 1 p.m. Monday.

And while softball players kept their season alive and await word on their next challenge, seasons came to a close this past week for the college’s golfers, who competed for the first time in the NCAA Division III championships, and baseball squad, which reached the NEAC semifinals.

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Sports Wildcat Weekly
05.14.2021

Penn College hosts workshop for plastics professionals

Plastics professionals from throughout the country sharpened their skills and enhanced their knowledge at a recent workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

The Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop offered a mix of lecture and hands-on instruction for 30 individuals representing 11 states and numerous companies. Seventeen attended the two-day course in person, and 13 participated remotely.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff PIRC Plastics & Polymer Workforce Development
05.14.2021

Adding hope to math

Mathematics faculty members Ed Owens, associate professor, and Lisa D. Jacobs, instructor, piloted an experiment to help students who were struggling in mathematics courses by adding a lab component to a math class that is required in many majors. In the five years since, the percentage of students passing the course has soared.
Mathematics faculty members Ed Owens, associate professor, and Lisa D. Jacobs, instructor, piloted an experiment to help students who were struggling in mathematics courses by adding a lab component to a math class that is required in many majors. In the five years since, the percentage of students passing the course has soared.
MTH 180 tools
MTH 180 tools
Building science and sustainable design student Christine A. Limbert says the course has helped her to complete calculations in her architectural classes.
Building science and sustainable design student Christine A. Limbert says the course has helped her to complete calculations in her architectural classes.

From the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine: An experiment launched in 2016 to model a math course on the lecture-lab template of other Penn College courses is multiplying student success. Read “Adding hope to math.”

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05.14.2021

Distinguished Teaching Awards presented to faculty

Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed two Distinguished Teaching Awards on faculty during an event held on main campus.

Mark E. Sones, instructor of diesel equipment technology, was presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, the highest honor accorded to a faculty member at the college.

Bridget E. Motel, instructor of dental hygiene, received an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Both presentations were made during an Employee Recognition Week event held in Bardo Gymnasium and livestreamed across campus.

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05.14.2021

Renewed tradition honors outstanding Penn College employees

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently paid tribute to noteworthy staff, a part-time instructor, success in student advisement and assessment; honored the longtime service of a number of employees; and showed appreciation to those who retired during the just-ended academic year.

President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized the honorees during a May 13 all-college meeting, held before a pandemic-limited gathering in Bardo Gymnasium and livestreamed for the benefit of others.

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Faculty & Staff President
05.13.2021

President announces retirement, launches Legacy Campaign

After nearly a quarter century leading Pennsylvania College of Technology, President Davie Jane Gilmour informed the college community Thursday of her intention to retire next year.

Gilmour, who has spent her entire career in higher education at Penn College – 44 years, the last 23 as president – told faculty, staff and stakeholders that she plans to retire in June 2022, to be succeeded by a new leader who will be selected after a nationwide search.

Fittingly, Gilmour also announced plans for a legacy fundraising campaign that will invest in students as they continue to transform tomorrow throughout the workforce, in hopes that her legacy will reflect the boundless opportunity a Penn College education represents for students.

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Alumni College Relations Faculty & Staff President Students
05.12.2021

Penn College graphic design students sweep awards

Graphic design students from Pennsylvania College of Technology captured all student awards in the latest American Advertising Awards presented by the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

“Our students did outstanding work, and these awards reinforce the quality of our program and our soon-to-be graduates,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design. “Congratulations to all of this year’s American Advertising Awards winners. Amid COVID and social distancing, the AAF of Northeast PA was able to put on a great virtual awards show.”

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Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff
05.12.2021

Penn College Awards reflect 2021 grads’ widespread engagement

Eight imminent graduates have been added to the impressive roster of Penn College Award recipients, chosen from among their peers for sterling student leadership.

“Despite ongoing challenges, I am thankful that we were able to present awards to these very deserving students,” said Allison Bressler Grove, director of student engagement. “Their contributions set an example for their classmates – and are a reminder to all of us – of the benefits of campus involvement.”

Penn College Awards have historically been presented by President Davie Jane Gilmour during a spring banquet, at which recipients are joined by their families and campus mentors, but the event has been canceled due to COVID in each of the past two years. The honorees are given plaques and Penn College lapel pins; their names are published in the commencement program and are permanently displayed on a wall plaque in the Bush Campus Center (just outside the Office of Student Engagement).

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Students
05.12.2021

Philly Shipyard donates consumables to welding program

Philly Shipyard Inc. recently donated welding consumables to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s welding program.

The donation includes nine pallets of Lincoln Electric brand welding consumables; Lincoln Electric paid for the freight costs associated with the donation.

Philly Shipyard, a leading U.S. shipbuilder presently pursuing a mix of commercial and government work, expects to hire nearly 200 welders in 2021 to accommodate work on a new project involving four government training vessels for use at the state maritime academies. The donated material had to be replaced with material specific to the company’s new contracts.

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